Metallica Sued Napster For This?

from the pound-foolish dept

David Levine has a post up looking at Metallica's revenue streams last year. Apparently, the band made the vast majority of its money from concert revenue -- bringing in $22.8 million. It made $1.6 million from album sales. As Levine notes:
Hmmm...think it would make a lot of difference to the world if they lost the $1.6 million from the albums? Without copyright they'd only make $22.8 million from touring...You might almost think it would be worth it to them to give the recorded music away for free to promote their concerts...
Or, hell, give away the tracks and promote other stuff as well. Selling music directly (relying on copyright) is a tiny business compared to the opportunities elsewhere. And, of all the bands out there, Metallica should clearly recognize that.

Filed Under: album sales, copyright, live, metallica, revenue


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  1. identicon
    McBeese, 1 Mar 2010 @ 5:18pm

    Re: Re: Re: Well...

    Wrong. It's not about sitting on your ass, it's about creating music that may not be designed for bars and stadiums.

    Remember the Beatles? Yeah, them. They stopped touring because they wanted to keep pushing the bounds of creativity and the music they were developing couldn't be replicated properly in a live setting. They weren't sitting on their asses. They also limited the amount of merchandise sales to preserve the value of the Beatles brand.

    You may like The Jonas Brothers and Britney Spears, but many of us appreciate real music and we feel that artists should be able to get paid for creating it.

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